Sumner and Dye wed at First Presbyterian

Shelby Neal Sumner and Robert Gary Dye Jr. were united in marriage December 30 at First Presbyterian Church.

The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Morell Sumner Jr. She is the granddaughter of Mrs. David Marion Bryan and the late Mr. Bryan of Batesville, and Mr. and Mrs. John Morell Sumner of Oxford.

The bridegroom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Gary Dye. He is the grandson of the late Dorothy Lonson and Edward Dewey Lawrence of Biloxi, and Mr. and Mrs. Spence Mike Dye.

The ceremony was officiated by the Rev. Dr. Jennings Ligon Duncan and the Rev. David Lanier Felker. Nuptial music was presented by Nancy Bateman, cello; Shellie Brown, violin; Kate Morgan, viola; Rachel Reese, violin; and Bill Wymond, organ. Program attendants were Alexandra Kathryn Bryan and Julia Jo Bryan, cousins of the bride.

Given in marriage by her father, the bride wore an ivory gown featuring floral and chevron beadwork, that flowed from a deep, sweetheart neckline. Beaded straps were added to the bodice of the classic sheath silhouette.

She wore her mother’s detachable train and a crystal hair barrette.

Her bouquet included white hydrangeas and white roses with the stems wrapped in ivory organza.


Matrons of Honor were Kelsey Pettus Berry and Taylor Byrd Peaster. Bridesmaids were Victoria Leigh Calcote, Abby Kaiser Davis, Laura Leann Dye, Mary Moses Hitt, Keely Grace Kennedy, Abigail Berry McRoberts, Nan Neely McRoberts, Collins Hartfield Mounger, Anna Rose Myers, Ashley Anne Peeples, Rose Ellington Turner, Mary Lant Cotten Watson.

 They wore black, chiffon evening gowns in an A-Line silhouette with beading embellishing the sweetheart bodice and the illusion racerback.

Honorary bridesmaids were the bride’s cousins: Niland Sumners Fortenberry, Walker O’Neal Fortenberry, Madison Elizabeth Phillips, Marion Margaret Phillips, and Wesley Warriner Sumner. The bride’s proxy was Mary Henley Green.

Flower girl was Vera Elizabeth Beard. She wore a flower comb of all white in her hair. She carried a small white pomander ball of flowers with white button mums and bay white spray roses.

The bridegroom’s father was best man. Groomsmen were Jack Anthony Berry, Andrew Steele Coker, Collin Ray Cooper, Paul Withers Davis, Joshua Dennis Hollingsworth, William Emmett Manning, James Rhorer Peaster, Matthew Hamilton Peaster, Hayes Gregory Riser, Bryan Morell Sumner, Bowen Bradford Thigpen, Carter Lee Thigpen, Stefan Sanders West and Hunter Ross Wilkerson.

Ushers were Vann Robert Berry, James Bradford Bynum Jr., John Ford Franklin, Claude Eugene McRoberts, James Sanford Love Moore.


FOLLOWING THE CEREMONY, the bride’s parents hosted a reception at the Country Club of Jackson at which Kendall Singleton painted a portrait of the couple cutting the cake. Music was provided by Funky Town.

 At the end of the evening, the couple left the reception through a shower of snow confetti and departed in a 1938 vintage Rolls Royce.

On the eve of the wedding, the bridegroom’s parents hosted a rehearsal dinner at The Railroad District. The day before the wedding, a bridesmaids luncheon was held in the home of Mr. and Mrs. Chip Pickering. On the day of the wedding, a brunch was given for the groomsmen at The Gathering at Livingston. The bridesmaids enjoyed a salon party at the home of Dr. and Mrs. Clay Hays.

Following a wedding trip to the Dominican Republic, the couple is at home in Jackson.